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Arrest after Stowmarket knife attack

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

POLICE have arrested a 27-year -old man from the Stowmarket area was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery following a knife-wielding attack on a woman in the town centre.

POLICE have arrested a 27-year -old man from the Stowmarket area was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery following a knife-wielding attack on a woman in the town centre.

Helen Murkin has been left terrified to venture into the town alone after she was robbed at knife-point during a shopping trip

The 22-year-old bravely fought off her attacker but suffered two cuts to her face following the incident in Old Fox Yard, just off the main Thoroughfare in Stowmarket.

She was grabbed by the arm from behind by a man who tried to snatch her purse.

But when the woman resisted the attacker drew out a knife.

Miss Murkin, a health care assistant for the elderly who has now joined kick boxing classes after the incident, said:

"I was just going into F1 Return, the computer shop, when someone pulled me by my left hand into an alleyway.

"I thought it was someone messing about at first but they tried to take my purse.

"I just thought "no way". I fought back. He tried to stab me in the chest so I kneed him where it hurt. He cut my face with the knife but went down on the floor. I kicked him quite a few times. He did not manage to get anything from me.

"I was scared. I didn't believe something like that would happen to me, especially in the middle of the day."

The attack left her with a one inch cut above her eyebrow and a two inch cut down her cheek.

Police confirmed they arrested a 27-year-old man who released on police bail until June 12 to return to Stowmarket police station.


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